If you wish to live a longer and healthier life, then you must make eating dietary fiber packed foods – fruits and vegetables your daily priority.
It is said that we are what we eat. The food you consume can either stop you from visiting a doctor or drag you to a hospital.
Thorough research has been conducted to find the health benefits of fiber in certain kinds of foods we consume every day and here’s what was discovered. But first, let’s find out more about fiber.
What is Dietary Fiber?
Dietary fiber is the edible portions of plant cell walls that are resistant to digestion. That is to say, fiber is only found in plant food products. Its resistance to digestion is what makes it more an extremely beneficial component of our diets. Though there are two types of fiber – soluble and insoluble, both are neither absorbed by the body.
Soluble fiber easily dissolves in water to form a gel-like substance and also swells. Insoluble does not absorb or dissolve in water.
Benefits of Eating Dietary Fiber
1. Weight Management
You can easily manage your body weight if you consume foods rich in insoluble fiber (usually contained in the bran layers of cereal grains) since it gives a sense of fullness, requires more chewing and allows you acknowledge when your no longer hungry.
2. Heart Disease
Those who eat more fibre-packed foods such as whole fruits and vegetables (especially oranges, apples and carrots with peels when possible) instead of juices, have a lower risk of developing heart diseases or heart attack than others who ate less.
Fiber is highly beneficial for diabetic patients, especially soluble fibre since it slows the absorption of sugar in the body and regulates the sugar level of the blood.
4. Intestinal Health
Eating high fiber foods will reduce the risk and occurrence of haemorrhoids, constipation, and small pouches in your colon – known as diverticular disease.
Subsequent research has linked consumption fiber to colon cancer. According to experts, when fiber is consumed, food moves faster in the body which prevents harmful substances in some foods from affecting the colon thus prevent chances of having colon cancer and other types of cancer – breast cancer, ovarian cancer and uterine cancer.
It is important to eat soluble fiber foods such as beans, oatmeal to help lower total blood cholesterol by diminishing the bad cholesterol levels.
6. Kidney Stone
Gallstones and kidney stones occur as a result of a spike of the insulin which regulates the sugar level in the blood. Eating more fiber foods can prevent the formation of kidney and gallstones
It has been discovered that eating fibre-packed foods can affect the severity of a stroke, as well as chances of recovery.
Try and balance your diet with a greater portion of fibre-packed foods and your body will thank you for it. 20 – 30 grams per day is the right recommended by the Food and Drug Administration, FDA.